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Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 958 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Getting There

As of May 9th, 2020 the Cosby Smoky Mountains entrance is closed but the trail can still be accessed. The trip to Hen Wallow Falls is a pleasant walk through hemlock and rhododendron forest. A signed side trail leads to the base of the falls by way of steep switchbacks. Hen Wallow Creek, only two feet wide at the top of the falls, fans out to 20 feet at the base. The waterfall is 90 feet high.

Park in the designated hiker parking area at Cosby Picnic Area (near the entrance to Cosby Campground).

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, P.O. Box 23170, 320 Sixth Avenue, North , Nashville, TN, 37202, Phone: 615-741-2158

Directions from Gatlinburg: Travel east on Hwy. 321 for approximately 11 miles and turn right onto Hwy. 32. Travel for approximately 1 mile and turn right onto the road that follows Cosby Creek. Cosby Campground is at the end of the road, and the trail begins at this campground.

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Andrea Doolittle
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Hiking

Rained so slippery on rocks and roots. Met a few others on the return. Good moderate hike, wear appropriate footwear.

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Jamie McDonald
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Lynda Maides
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HikingMuddy

This was #10 in our 20 Waterfalls in 2020...Nice uphill walk from the very pleasant Cosby Picnic area. The other few hikers that were there, were very mindful of social distancing and I saw more mask wearing here than on any outdoor hike to date. Some muddy spots but nothing dangerous or shoe destroying. We did see our first hummingbird ever in the park at the lovely rocky fall area and, on the way down, we crossed paths with our first Rattlesnake that either of us has ever seen in the Smokies. He was headed up the mountain (just off the trail) and was totally non aggressive as we passed carefully with plenty of social distancing! The varieties of mushrooms were amazing. Look but don’t touch. Great day.

Gwen Burnside
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Hiking

Perfect for social distancing, but good grief was it uphill the whole way there. It was worth it to see the waterfall, though. Very pretty trail throughout. We went right after it had rained, and it was muddy, but not flooded at all. Definitely a great time!

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Frank Todaro
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Hiking

We were at the trail head at 7am and the first to the falls. We had the falls to ourselves and met the next group on our way out. It was really a good flow of water after the rain last night. I will try to post a picture. The trail was not in that bad of shape, some sections with roots. The water crossings that did not have a bridge, most do, were manageable. All in all it was a good hike the falls were excellent. There are also several foot bridges and some interesting rock formations on the trip to the falls. Worthwhile hike.

Shannon Harbin
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Hiking

Trail was great. A little muddy because of the four pour last night, but it was excellent for the falls.

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Cass Heath
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Hiking

Great hike. Perfect length. Mostly up hill one direction and down on the way back. Very pretty home some thrills: creeks, bridges, roots, views.

Shelby Rebuck
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HikingFloodedRocky

This rocky trail was beautiful and featured awesome waterfalls. After making it to the top, it started to storm and the trail quickly turned into a river. Not too difficult of a trail until you factor in that last part :)

Chris Ball
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HikingMuddyRocky

Pretty decent trail. The mile markers didn’t seem right, especially the last .1 to the falls. Full warning on the last decline to the falls, the way up was straight up and very challenging. Even though this is marked moderate, it is on the more strenuous side. Lots of step inclines with rocks and roots along with mud. Did come across some deer and a copperhead.

Jonathan Phillips
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Hiking

Mycologist’s dream after summer rain. Steady climb pushed the limits of the 6- and 8-year olds, but they loved the way down. Water fall is ho-hum. No views :( Great creek crossings towards the bottom to have a soak. Pretty crowded on a Saturday in July. Mile markers are wrong, i got 5.8 miles from the parking lot.

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TJ Foley
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HikingRocky
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Alisha Blaes
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HikingRocky

This trail was great! It was not crowded and was challenging enough. The waterfall at the top was worth the hike.

Rose Thompson
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Incredible trail - the waterfall was gorgeous. Recommend waterproof hiking boots and a walking stick or poles. Plenty of tree roots to navigate. Wasn’t much traffic when we started close to 9:30 am, but it was much busier on the way out.

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Zach Runzo
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HikingMuddyRocky

Trail was more ‘natural’ than some of the other trails in the area. There were no man-made stairs or cleared walkways. Lots of rocks and roots make it for an enjoyable adventure

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Adam Brower
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It's a decent, quick hike, but the issues we had with it were bugs (douce yourself with bug spray) and the trail is extremely rough (rocks and roots make it hard to walk). We are avid hikers who have hiked all over the world, so that's not a complaint that it isn't paved - - - it's just very rough, especially the first mile. The waterfall is beautiful, and there were only about 10 total people we encountered, so because of that, it was worth it. Just not one we'd do again.

David Hopkins
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Jeff Kimball
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Hiking

Thought this trail was more difficult than Chimney Tops—much more secluded with many fewer hikers. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Rough and a lot of roots. Worth the hike to see the falls.

Tony Hicks
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Hiking

I really enjoyed the hike. Going up was good exercise and you have to watch your footing for roots and rocks. Nice quiet area and while it was fairly well traveled, it was not excessively so. Nice waterfall.

Charles Gruenberg
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Hiking

nice trail,but the distance markers seem inaccurate. lots of exposed roots. trail was groomed and easy to follow. I liked that there was some up and down at the front and the end. good for effort level. recommended for sure. moderate effort. we started the trail at 9 am on a Friday and the parking lot was empty.

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Theresa L Foss
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HikingRocky

Definitely at least moderate hike, some creek crossings and lots of uphills, this says 4.3 miles but all had at least 5 miles. I liked this hike and thought it was a great challenge

Kristi Cummings
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Hiking

hiked this 6/14/20 and didn't see any bridges out. the hike does also have a few fords. long time favorite!

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Steve Baker
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HikingRocky

AllTrails said we did 5.7 miles. The signs say it’s 4.2 out & back. If you don’t like a lot of roots or rocky trails, this hike is not for you. VERY rooty-if that’s a word. The falls were pretty nice but didn’t offer much room to hang out if a bunch of other hikers should be there at the same time. Several picturesque streams and bridges along the route too.

Abbie Vipperman
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Hiking

Great trail. It was extremely humid, so I wish we would have brought more water than usual. The waterfall was beautiful and the incline was a perfect amount of challenge.

Marci Brien
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Hiking

First week of June and hot and humid day. Trail an easy walk in with interesting wildflowers still hanging on.

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sarah chandler
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Hiking

Just ok. Solid moderate trail, except the last 1/10 mile to the falls. No views, not sure if the photos in the reviews are from father up the trail towards the bald? Went on a Saturday morning and only saw 4 people on the way in and 4 on the way out, had the falls to ourselves for almost 30 minutes. Saw a few turkeys. No other wildlife or wildflowers. The trail is dark in places due to heavy canopy. Several creek crossings with small bridges.

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